BY GABRIELLA MANGINO
“There could be a ripple effect.”
That’s what Jennifer Coffey, the policy director for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in Central Jersey said when mysanantonio.com reported the effects of this year’s salt use for de-icing purposes on lakes and streams. The New Jersey state Transportation Department has used more than 460,000 tons of salt — nearly an 80 percent increase since last winter — to make the roads safe for us, yet we rarely remember where all that salt goes afterwards. Thousands of tons of salt just don’t disappear when the snow melts. Its runs off.